You walk into a local store for your usual energy fix. There, alongside popular brands, you find bottles of freshly-harvested “buko juice” being sold as a health drink. But the bigger pleasant surprise is that farmers in your area actually produced it.
The Department of Agriculture is vigorously pursuing a P6-billion farm mechanization program (FMP) to further increase the productivity and incomes of small farmers.
The Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) is ready to provide a package of technologies for adlai, which the government is currently encouraging for wider propagation for the local and export markets.